April A to Z – Memories!

The fun just goes on. Today is the halfway point of the A to Z and boy, am I meeting many new folk and having fun! The whole experience has been a bot of a memory roller-coaster! Taking me back to places and past activities I most likely wouldn’t have been reminded of if it weren’t for reading some of the others’ A to Z’s.

I was going to do M for Music until I visited Susan’s G for Giraffe post. The memories that visit sparked had me retrieving one of my prized possessions! An ancient photo album containing a few pics I managed to “steal” while on Land Survival in 1985. I say steal because we weren’t allowed cameras… or smokes/ tobacco. I managed to smuggle both through but that’s a story for another day.

OK… back to Susan’s giraffe post. Here’s the comment I left. Also, some of the photos from that old album, which are copies so please excuse the quality. Remember, they were taken in 1985 with a very small compact instamatic!

Back to giraffes. Many years ago, I was part of a group doing a land survival course in the Klaserie Game Reserve. We lived in the open… no weapons apart from knives. One flare between the group to signal at night, if required. We found the giraffes to be inquisitive… they’d follow you at a distance as you walk through the bush. One morning, we woke… to look straight up at a large fella who was stooping down to see where all the noise was coming from! Me, apparently snoring… 
(To briefly explain… we would make small boma’s for ourselves (groups less than 4) before the sunset, either crawl in beneath the low branches of a thorn thicket or chop branches to encircle ourselves. In larger groups we would split the sleeping duties and the standing guard duties! FUN!!)

Good morning sunshine!! Early morning greetings from our friendly neighbourhood giraffe!!

Yes… that’s what we woke to… this fella gazing down at us! I hope you enjoy the gallery… the memories are special!

Here’s the official group photo taken at the end of the three-week experience… if you should recognise any of the others please let me know!

Early May 1985... the group at the completion of Land Survival Course... that rough look was well earned!

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29 Responses to April A to Z – Memories!

  1. Pingback: April A to Z – Vinyl and Vapour Trails | Ouch!! My back hurts!!

  2. RuthsArc says:

    As you say, this alphabet challenge is bringing back many memories, by reading other blogs and by looking back through old photos. Thanks for sharing a snippet of your life with us.


    • aj vosse says:

      I think… maybe I’m sharing too much! It is fun though but in a way it’s now time for the challenge to end. I’ve spent far too much time thinking about posts and putting them together! Fun! 😉

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  3. zuludelta45 says:

    Sometimes its a little tough reading early in the morning until the allergies in my eyes clear out. For a moment, I thought you wrote you woke up to graffiti instead of giraffes……”WOW, I thought, that paint is everywhere!” I’ll be back after a few eye drops!


  4. Srivi says:

    That’s an awesome memory! So your snores made a giraffe curious 😉
    Though the pics are old, but they are nice 🙂

    M for Mind


  5. What can I say? I’m so delighted that my G for Giraffe post inspired you and it’s fantastic to see the photos to accompany the comment you left. (Just wish I could understand your South African friends’ comments – I suspect there’s a bit of banter going on there!)

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • aj vosse says:

      Well, thanks again for supplying the inspiration… yes, the craic is mighty down on the comments! 😉
      I promise, it was most enjoyable digging out the album, taking photos of the photos and doing the post!
      I was tempted to let you know what was coming but then thought you may enjoy the surprise a little more! 😛


  6. zuludelta45 says:

    It’s been great following!


  7. ahamkar says:

    Wow!! Sounds like a lot of fun!


  8. asthaguptaa says:

    Wonderful memories!!


  9. HesterLeyNel says:

    Bokkoms sonder sout. Nou het ek alles gehoor. Thank you for introducing me to Susan’s blog – I will be following her. As ek ooit aan die reality tv show Survivor deelneem, wil ek jou graag in my span hê; iemand wat kameras en lighters kan insmokkel, is ‘n aanbeveling.

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  10. de Wets Wild says:

    Dit moes n lewensveranderende ervaring gewees het, AJ!


    • aj vosse says:

      Dit kon gewees het… as daai oolvant ons getrap het! 😉 Dit was een van daai moes doen lekker/ nie lekker ondervindings! Gullikkig kan ek die t-hemp dra! 😉

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  11. Christina B says:

    Those are some memories! I’m sure there are many more. Thanks for sharing.


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